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ShadowSCU runs during the Winter and Spring quarters. The program is closed for this academic year.

Admitted students are invited to experience Santa Clara University through the ShadowSCU program; designed as a program for students, managed by current SCU students in the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Like a real SCU student, you will make your own decisions about how to spend your time here. Your student guide will introduce you to campus life, and will take you to a class, and provide a room for you to stay in if an overnight is requested and capacity allows. Our office will provide you with a few pointers, and a list of suggested activities. The rest is up to you. Try to decide on your own priorities in advance: Do you want to see the lab facilities in a certain field, get a sense of the overall classroom culture, or find out what the athletic facilities are like?

However you choose to spend your time, it's a good idea to talk to as many people as possible. Don't be shy! As you'll quickly discover, Santa Clara is full of friendly people who are delighted to share their experience with you.


ShadowSCU Liability Form (Required)

What to Pack for your ShadowSCU Experience

ShadowSCU Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

RSVP’s will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be able to select a course as well as an overnight online. The calendar is real-time so unfortunately if you do not see a class offered on a particular day it is not available to shadow. You will receive a confirmation email instantaneously with your RSVP request. Do not RSVP for more than one class—if we find duplicates we will delete BOTH reservations.

Registration is preferred to be completed 10 days in advance, but we’ll be happy to try and accommodate any other requests if we’re able to set one up.

Classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday start at 8:00 a.m. and continuing every hour and 5 minutes. On Tuesday and Thursday, classes begin at 8:30 a.m.and continue every one hour and 40 minutes. Guests only attend one class and are asked to not leave early. Keep in mind that you may have a gap between your class visit and your overnight visit, but we do have a list of suggested activities and must-see places on campus to visit while you’re here!

If your overnight request is granted, you will be staying in a residence hall with a current student.

Every effort will be made to accommodate your request in light of limited space and student/class availability. The more flexible your request, the higher the likelihood of attending the program.

No, due to holidays, midterms and finals there are dates where the program is not offered. See our website for exact dates ShadowSCU is offered.

Yes, you can contact our front office at 408-554-4700 or by e-mail at

We are happy to provide you with reasonable accommodation, please call our office at 408-554-4700 at least two weeks prior to the event so we can best help you.